Black Cherry bush

greenhummer(zone 5,Ohio)June 25, 2004

Don't know where I got this but I have never seen one elsewhere. These blackcherries are emerald green when they are ripe ! Is this a new mutation ? I made cherry syrup last year and the black cherry taste was definitely there. If I find no answers here I will try submitting it to the University. Thanks for any help !

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greenhummer(zone 5,Ohio)

Here I cut one to show the ripen fruit

    Bookmark   June 25, 2004 at 8:20PM
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chills71(Zone 6b Mi)

are they sweet or sour? They look huge, how big is the bush?

Sorry, haven't seen anything like them.

~Chills

    Bookmark   June 27, 2004 at 12:58AM
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greenhummer(zone 5,Ohio)

These are sweet and the bush is 7ft tall. The fruit is almost twice the size of a normal black cherry. Here is
a picture just taken with the morning sunshine. I just
finished pruning it back to 5ft.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2004 at 7:44AM
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chills71(Zone 6b Mi)

Are you sure its a cherry? It almost sounds as though its a small plum. It looks (from the picture) a little like a japanese plum (at least what I can see of the leaves) If you figure out where you got it, let me know, sounds like something I would like to grow myself.

Or if possible could I request a few pits?

~Chills

    Bookmark   June 28, 2004 at 5:24PM
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greenhummer(zone 5,Ohio)

Bush cherries and sand cherries both have the short leaves unlike the cherry trees which have long leaves. I didn't
save any pits because I wanted to try some cuttings to clone the plant. So far I have two new plants with healthy roots.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2004 at 5:51PM
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jkirk3279(Z5 SW MI)

Is the growth habit in canes? For example, a rasberry or blackberry grows from a crown. That bush you show really does look like it's growing from canes.

My first thought was that it looks like a plum, but plums are trees !

I think you have something rare here.

Want to sell a cutting?

    Bookmark   July 1, 2004 at 12:27AM
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greenhummer(zone 5,Ohio)

Here is a picture of the base, no cane here. Also the bark is like the bark on a trational cherry tree.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2004 at 6:16PM
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jkirk3279(Z5 SW MI)

HEY !

Is that a runner or sucker or the main plant out behind it in the picture? Next to the house ! >>>>>>>

Dibs !! I call Dibs!

    Bookmark   July 1, 2004 at 11:44PM
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greenhummer(zone 5,Ohio)

Sorry Jkirk that's a holly I started
Here is a picture of the blooms

    Bookmark   July 2, 2004 at 7:09AM
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ksrogers(EasternMass Z6)

Looks like a very beautiful and hardy tree/bush. WIth fruits that size, and hopefully no diseases or insect problems, you have been lucky to find a cherry (?) that is suitable for zone 5. If you find out what the variety and name is, please post it here. From your closeup photo they look almost like the size of plums. Whatever it is, it would probably also grow well in zone 6 where I am.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2004 at 9:39AM
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rainwytch(z8 Seattle)

Greenhummer, I'd love to know what you find out. I found some similar cherries in Woodland Park in Seattle. I was struck by their unusual color - green, dotted with purple and an almost bronze sheen. The tree was quite large and in a shaded area. I'll try to return soon for a photo.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2004 at 2:26AM
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greenhummer(zone 5,Ohio)

Thanks Rainwytch,I sent the information thatI have to the University to see if they have a clue. Would like to see that picture!

    Bookmark   July 13, 2004 at 6:30AM
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lukifell(zone5 NH)

Gosh ! Those cherries sure look neat. I suggest you guard your plant closely. Put a metal fence around it. If your " cherry bush " is unique you may be able to make some money off it. Either by selling cuttings yourself or by selling the " rights " to distribute it to a professional nursery. I'm not sure of the legal procedures.

You sure don't want someone else to get ahold of your unique plant and start selling it. They will make all the money that should rightfully be yours.

You can even name it after yourself !

Is this cherry bush self-pollinating ?

    Bookmark   August 6, 2004 at 6:46PM
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greenhummer(zone 5,Ohio)

Thanks for commenting lukifell. If the plant is a known species then I will share with those who already asked. If it is a new species then I will go the legal route and considering using the proceeds to Charity. Yes, the bush is self pollinating. At present three universities are researching the info I sent out.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2004 at 8:23PM
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october17(5chgo)

Can u post a new pic? I couldn't see any of the old ones. Have you found anything out yet? I LOVE CHERRIES! Would love to grow some. Thanks!

    Bookmark   December 10, 2004 at 9:31PM
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greenhummer(zone 5,Ohio)

Moved pictures,here is one of the fruit. Definitely something new. I am sending samples to the University next year at their request. Don't have any news at this time.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2004 at 10:10PM
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lynnt(Z7 MD)

Can you repost pictures of the bush itself, please? Can't see any photos before the fruit shots -- and I'd LOVE to help track this one down!

Lynn

    Bookmark   December 17, 2004 at 4:03PM
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greenhummer(zone 5,Ohio)

Here is a picture of the blooms. I will post more when I find them .

    Bookmark   December 17, 2004 at 10:00PM
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Eggo(z10soCal LBC)

Those are some unique looking cherries. Great jade color. I'll buy them if I see it in the stores.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2004 at 2:26AM
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SusanC(9b/10a Sunset 17)

Maybe a cherry-plum hybrid; The variety "Dura" has greenish skin and purple flesh.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cherry-plum hybrids

    Bookmark   December 31, 2004 at 12:20PM
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greenhummer(zone 5,Ohio)

Thanks Susan, that's the closest description I've seen to date. Here is another picture after pruning

    Bookmark   December 31, 2004 at 7:04PM
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diane4m

Did anyone ever follow up on the black cherry bush? Do you know what it is? Is it available anywhere?
I would Love to have one
Thanks for any info

    Bookmark   June 19, 2007 at 6:21PM
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clarkster7777(5)

I think it is possible this could be a variation of Prunus cerasifera. The bark, flowers and fruit are similar. The fruit on this bush are very unusual in size and color. Please let me know what you find out. Thanks

Here is a link that might be useful: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_cerasifera

    Bookmark   September 7, 2007 at 10:31PM
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bettyd_z7_va(7)

greenhummer,

Did you find out what cherry it was? I am a cherry (especially black cherry) freak since my Daddy gave me my first taste of black cherry ice cream when I was very young.

I must have at least 1 of these.

Thanks,

Betty

    Bookmark   September 27, 2007 at 4:29AM
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thisisme(az9b)

I hope we find out what this is and that it can be grown in Arizona. I love cherries but none that I know of do well here.

If this can grow and produce cherries here all I can really add to the discussion is; I want one I want one and of course where can I buy one?

    Bookmark   November 17, 2007 at 11:42AM
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thisisme(az9b)

I think I may have found the answer to your question.

Prunus salicifolia "CAPULIN CHERRY" (also known as the tropical cherry)

I am going to get one of these.

Here is a link that might be useful: eBay link to this tree

    Bookmark   February 12, 2008 at 1:02AM
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chills71(Zone 6b Mi)

sorry thisisme, but that cherry you found is only hardy to 25 degrees and I can tell you it definitely gets colder than that in Ohio (where the original poster was located)

~Chills

    Bookmark   February 12, 2008 at 11:52AM
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dangelo_jim_gmail_com

Did you ever find out what kind of cherry you have?

    Bookmark   February 18, 2009 at 8:11PM
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mudflapper

I agree with Chills, after finding a picture of the fruit doing a Google search, I have to say it is not a Caupulin Cherry: whatever it is, when it comes on the market I WILL BUY ONE!
Ken

    Bookmark   February 18, 2009 at 10:02PM
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diaryofablossom

I seen these fruit before and have pick some along the way when I was younger. I do not know the real name of them but they are Cherry-Plum. They are yummy and your lucky to have one!

    Bookmark   March 24, 2009 at 4:32PM
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gypsysunrise

Unique! Would love to have one of these shrubs, whatever they happen to be! lol

    Bookmark   April 1, 2009 at 12:01AM
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norski1

Where are you Greenhummer and what ever has happened to further information pertaining to the black cherry bush?
Thank You!

    Bookmark   May 17, 2009 at 8:27AM
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